The Baltimore Ravens are expected to sign former No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson to a contract, pending a physical. Richardson has been out of the league since the 2015 preseason when he was released by the Oakland Raiders. The embattled running back has only averaged 3.3 yards per carry throughout his career which makes this somewhat of a surprising development.
The Ravens will be hoping they can get Richardson back to the form he showed at Alabama when he won two national championships and rushed for 1,679 yards during his final year in Tuscaloosa. His last regular season carry came in 2014 with the Indianapolis Colts. Richardson finished that season with 159 carries for 519 yards and three touchdowns.
John Harbaugh was asked about the possibility of signing Richardson at the 2016 NFL Combine on Thursday morning, and he didn’t shy away from the team’s interest.
“It’s in the works. It’s possible,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t think it’s finalized yet. But it’s a possibility.”
“We’re talking to him right now. He seems like a good guy,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve talked to him on the phone a few times. Ozzie’s got all the ties to Alabama. We’ll see where it goes.”
It would seem to be a difficult task for Richardson to make the Ravens’ roster next season. The team currently has Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Terrance West all under contract for 2016.